Causes

Matthew enjoys lending his professional profile to several charitable causes, including endorsing social projects, offering support to educational and cultural initiatives, and giving fundraising recitals.
In addition to the projects listed, Matthew is proud to be a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a charity (No. 310040) which, as the only City of London Livery Company dedicated to the performing arts, nurtures talent and shares music through their concerts, outreach, awards and young artists’ programme. Since 2016, he has served on the Company’s Concerts Committee.
If you would like to discuss how Matthew can help your charity – for example, by organising or giving a benefit recital for your organisation – please get in touch.

Selected charitable projects

  • Patronage
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    In December 2018, Matthew was appointed Patron of The Sand House Charity (No. 1171875), a small, volunteer-run organisation which carries out projects and activities linked to and inspired by the unique Victorian Sand House, which stood in Doncaster until World War Two. Its aim is to advance the education of the public in history, art, sculpture and other related subjects.

    “I am utterly delighted to support the work of The Sand House Charity. I hope that their work will go from strength to strength and continue to inspire generations to come.”

    Read more at www.thesandhouse.org.uk
  • Benefit recitals
    • forthcoming, 2021, Westminster: Solo recital for Royal Society of Musicians (No. 208879)
    • 5 Apr 2019, City of London: Solo and chamber recital in aid of Order of Malta (No. 1103567) – raised over £1300 to help the Companions of the Order of Malta’s work for the poor and the homeless.
    • 12 Oct 2018, Doncaster: Solo recital in aid of The Sand House Charity (No. 1171875) – raised £500 for advancing the education of the public in history, art and sculpture.
    • 20 Jun 2015, Sidcup: Solo and chamber recital in aid of Cancer Research UK (No. 1089464) – raised £300 to help with pioneering research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
    • 8 Apr 2014, Southwark: Solo recital in aid of Order of the Holy Sepulchre (No. 262033) – raised £800 for Christians in the Holy Land
    • 14 Jan 2007, Westminster: Chamber recital in aid of Miles Jesu Trust (No. 1109419) – raised £1000 for the relief of poverty.
  • Supporting new music
    Over a period of 20 years, Matthew has been supporting composers by premiering and commissioning new works, resulting in over a hundred first performances.

    “New music is the life blood of the classical industry. I am pleased to advocate for the creative process and to play my part in bringing music to new audiences.”

    Read more at the Premieres page.
  • Fostering Sacred Music
    In 2011, Matthew founded vocal ensemble Cantus Magnus to provide much needed high-quality polyphony and chant for celebrations of the traditional Latin Mass, particularly in London.

    The group supports an annual composition prize, with the next award being made in 2020.

    “The Covid-19 situation has seen a hugely detrimental effect on the arts sector, and musicians have been amongst the most adversely impacted. I hope this prize will provide an incentive to be creative and to build up a working relationship with other professional musicians as we support each other.”

    Read more at www.cantusmagnus.com